Young Investigator Award

Since 1998, the annual YoungYIA Investigator Award recognizes excellence in research and includes a certificate of recognition and a $5,000 honorarium. The recipient is invited to present a lecture at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting.

Any active (dues-paying) member of Sigma Xi within 10 years of his or her highest earned degree at the time of nomination is eligible.

The Young Investigator Award will alternate between:

  • physical sciences and engineering, including mathematics (award presented on even numbered years)
  • life and social sciences (award presented on odd numbered years)


Nomination deadline is January 31 for the Young Investigator Award.

Nominations for the Young Investigator Award should include:

  • A current curriculum vita that follows the Sigma Xi Criteria for Curricula Vitae
  • A letter of nomination that addresses the following:
    1. A brief (~25 word) introductory statement of the nominee's accomplishments that led to the nomination
    2. What is the research the nominee is conducting that is leading edge and why is it considered leading edge.
    3. Ways in which this nominee's potential and current work have been recognized as especially promising.
    4. Early influence on education through publications, teaching activities, outreach, mentoring, etc.
    5. Ability of the nominee to give an address at the Sigma Xi annual meeting that is dynamic, engaging, and readily understood by scientists across the disciplines.
  • Two additional letters of support of no more than one page each.

Submissions, including letters of recommendation, should be made by e-mail.

Funding for the Young Investigator Award will initially come from the Society's annual budget and, later, from private or industrial sources. Ultimately, a named endowment will be established to support it.

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